Medina County Courthouse

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Columbus Man Sentenced for Passing Counterfeit Bills at Local Businesses

On Thursday, August 26, 2010, Judge James Kimbler sentenced a Columbus man for three counts of Forgery involving local businesses. Judge Kimbler sentenced Mr. Deshine Garrett of Forest Hill in Columbus, to non-residential community control sanctions. The sanctions included supervision by the Adult Probation Department for three years; 24 hours of community service; a drug assessment with an approved agency; restitution; no contact with the co-defendants involved in the case; and no possession or consumption of alcohol. Judge Kimbler also ordered that supervision of Mr. Garrett be transferred to the Franklin County Probation Department.

The three forgery counts arose from the passing of $100.00 counterfeit bills at local businesses in southern Medina County. The businesses were a Pilot Truck Stop on Lake Road; a Subway Restaurant located inside the Pilot Truck Stop; and the Factory Brand store at the Lodi Outlet Mall. In each case, the defendants would pass a counterfeit $100.00 bill when they paid for items they purchased at the stores. When asked why he did this, Mr. Garrett money was tight and he was trying to get a place for his family. He also volunteered that he "didn't use his brain the right way."

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